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The International Space Station flies over the skies of San Antonio on Sunday evening

Space lovers unite! The International Space Station passed through the skies of south-central Texas on Sunday evening.

While patches of mid- and high-level clouds were still rippling over parts of the area, it was worth going outside to try and catch a glimpse of the ISS as it passed overhead.


DETAILS

  • Visibility start: 6:27 p.m. CST

  • End of visibility: 6:34 p.m. CST

  • Appears: 10° above SSW horizon

  • Disappears: 10° above the northeast horizon

  • Max Height: 53°

The flyover on Sunday night was expected to be logistically decent as the ISS’s maximum altitude was expected to exceed 50°. NASA notes that flyovers typically over 40° provide the best viewing experience as they are visible over most buildings and landscapes.


HOW IT LOOKS?

According to NASA, the International Space Station looks like a bright star or an airplane (no flashing lights) flying fast across the night sky. For reference, airplanes usually fly at around 600 miles per hour, but a space station is moving at over 17,000 miles per hour!


HISTORY

According to NASA, the first part of the International Space Station was launched in November 1998. After assembling additional parts over the next 24 months, the station was ready for the arrival of the first crew in November 2000.

US scientists and partners around the world completed the space station in 2011. The ISS has been home to humans since the first crew arrived almost 22 years ago and allows crew members to conduct unique explorations every day. – daily basis.

Interested in learning more about the International Space Station itself? You can find more information on their website at Press here.

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